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Dan Davies is a former regulatory economist at the Bank of England and analyst for a number of investment banks. His career has seen him tackle all manner of financial crookedness, including the LIBOR and FX scandals, the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank and the Swiss Nazi gold scandal.
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Divining Desire
Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation
Liza Featherstone - 2021-06-01
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Over the course of the last century, the focus group has become an increasingly vital part of the way companies and politicians sell their products and policies. Few areas of life, from salad dressing to health care legislation to our favorite TV shows, have been left untouched by the questions put to controlled groups about what they do and don't ...
Dan Davies
2022-07-31T22:55:20.000Z
@yorksranter @DannyMaxim @DocPhoenix @oldtrotter @Sime0nStylites @JeyyLowe @drjennings This book was pretty good      source
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Octopus
Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
Guy Lawson - 2012-07-10
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Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the wild search, by a colorful cast of rogues and schemers, for a “secret market” beneath the financial market we all know. Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all – until the hedge fund he ran, Bayou, imploded and he became the target of a natio...
Dan Davies
2021-04-17T17:45:09.000Z
@Gilesyb @BondHack Of all the ones I read, the very best was "Octopus" by Guy Lawson, followed by "Bre-X" by Jennifer Wells. "The Man From Lisbon" is a novel rather than a nonfiction book but it is an excellent account of the Portuguese banknotes scandal.      source
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BRE-X
The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Mining Scam
Jennifer Wells - 1999-01-21
In this book, Jennifer Wells, one of the first journalists to break the story, investigates one of the greatest business scandals of all time, and attempts to explain the events and motives leading up to it. Even now, no-one knows who is to blame for this incredible fraud, as investigators continue to search for the real perpetrators....
Dan Davies
2021-04-17T17:45:09.000Z
@Gilesyb @BondHack Of all the ones I read, the very best was "Octopus" by Guy Lawson, followed by "Bre-X" by Jennifer Wells. "The Man From Lisbon" is a novel rather than a nonfiction book but it is an excellent account of the Portuguese banknotes scandal.      source
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The man from Lisbon
A novel
Thomas Gifford - 1977-01-01
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A daring fraud makes one man a titan, and brings a nation to its kneesThe son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis was young when he realizedlearned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can. In 1916, Reis he leftaves Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches. But i...
Dan Davies
2021-04-17T17:45:09.000Z
@Gilesyb @BondHack Of all the ones I read, the very best was "Octopus" by Guy Lawson, followed by "Bre-X" by Jennifer Wells. "The Man From Lisbon" is a novel rather than a nonfiction book but it is an excellent account of the Portuguese banknotes scandal.      source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-02-05 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Dan Davies
2021-02-03T11:04:36.000Z
@t0nyyates @Gilesyb @jdportes Strong recommend. It's also the kind of book you can dip in and out of.      source
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Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Duty of Genius
Ray Monk - 1991-11-01 (first published in 1990)
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"Great philosophical biographies can be counted on one hand. Monk's life of Wittgenstein is such a one."--"The Christian Science Monitor." "Great philosophical biographies can be counted on one hand. Monk's life of Wittgenstein is such a one."--"The Christian Science Monitor." ...more...
Dan Davies
2020-10-11T21:12:07.000Z
@Raymodraco It was a great book!      source
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The Art of Statistics
How to Learn from Data
David Spiegelhalter - 2019-09-03
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The definitive guide to statistical thinkingStatistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day. In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the fiction, the ostentatious embellishments from the...
Dan Davies
2019-07-25T20:33:06.000Z
@amoralelite @d_spiegel It's a great book. I thought it was like coming home because I've always tried to avoid calculation due to the dyspraxia and it was just "yes, that's how you think about it"      source